Vadim Androusov was born in 1895 in Saint Petersburg. His father was a geologist and his grandfather was the archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann, discoverer of Troy and Mycenae. In 1920 he moved to Paris and attended "La Grande Chaumière"; among his teachers was Bourdelle. His first sculptures date from 1925 and represent female figures or characters inspired by Antiquity. Androusov rarely used bronze, preferring terracotta, plaster, wood or stone. He exhibited his works at the Salon des Tuileries and the Salon des Indépendants. In parallel to his activity as a sculptor, he collaborated with decorators and made wall lights, furniture handles and lock escutcheons; throughout the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, his mermaids, Medusa heads and lions adorned neoclassical furniture made by André Arbus and Jean Pascaud. Androusov passed away in 1975.


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